13 Facts About Alice Liddell


Alice Liddell shared her name with "Alice", the heroine of the story, but scholars disagree about the extent to which the character was based upon her.

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Alice Liddell was the fourth of the ten children of Henry Liddell, ecclesiastical dean of Christ Church, Oxford, one of the editors of A Greek-English Lexicon, and his wife Lorina Hanna Liddell.

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Alice Liddell became a close friend of the Liddell family in subsequent years.

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Alice Liddell was three years younger than Lorina and two years older than Edith, and the three sisters were constant childhood companions.

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However, it is possible Alice Liddell was named in honour of Leopold's deceased elder sister instead, the Grand Duchess of Hesse.

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Alice Liddell married Reginald Hargreaves, a cricketer, on 15 September 1880, at the age of 28 in Westminster Abbey.

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Alice Liddell denied that the name 'Caryl' was in any way associated with Charles Dodgson's pseudonym.

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Alice Liddell became a noted society hostess and was the first president of Emery Down Women's Institute.

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Alice Liddell took to referring to herself as "Lady Hargreaves", but there was no basis for such a title.

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On 4 July 1862, in a rowing boat travelling on the Isis from Folly Bridge, Oxford, to Godstow for a picnic outing, 10-year-old Alice Liddell asked Charles Dodgson to entertain her and her sisters, Edith and Lorina, with a story.

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Alice Liddell promised to do so but did not get around to the task for some months.

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Alice Liddell eventually presented her with the manuscript of Alice's Adventures Under Ground in November 1864.

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Dodgson himself claimed in later years that his Alice Liddell was entirely imaginary and not based upon any real child at all.

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